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Miracles In Action Inc

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Economic Development, International, International Development, International Economic Development, International Relief, Microfinance

Mission: Miracles in Action empowers Guatemalans living in extreme poverty to help themselves through sustainable projects that improve education, nutrition, vocational skills, and create jobs.

Results: Built 57 Schools in 15 years, 2800+ vented safe stoves, 3000+ water filters, buy fair trade handicrafts from 135 artisans.

Target demographics: Guatemalan children and families, especially Mayan.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 1000s of women and children

Geographic areas served: Guatemala

Programs: building schools, nutrition education, agriculture, water systems, water filters, fair trade

Community Stories

110 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Angie Myers R.

Donor

Rating: 5

As the Mother of 4 children who were adopted form Guatemala, I was so happy to find Penny and Miracles in Action. I love being able to give back to my children’s birth country in a way that I know is actually reaching the people who need it most!

czark

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5


Building schools, helping children and communities. Such a great organization!

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Donor

Rating: 5

I love that this organization began with one person. One person that was not only willing to SEE extreme poverty while on vacation, but one person that DID SOMETHING about what they saw.
It is amazing what a difference one person can make. So many schools! So many lives touched.
Thank you Penny and your amazing Mom, for starting this remarkable organization.

Harriette R.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Miracles in Action is a remarkable nonprofit that donates 100% of all donations to very carefully selected, outstanding nonprofits located in rural areas of Guatemala. They are very well run and impactful. Join them now!

Donor

Rating: 5

Amazing people who care about the communities that they help! One of the best experiences in my life was opening a school with Miracles in Action!

Sue_119

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

An amazing nonprofit organization that has gotten more things accomplished than most even dream of doing. Not only do they build schools, they help other NPOs with nutrition training and more. I've seen them in Action. An amazing organization.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I met Penny Rambacher, founder of Miracles in Action, about 10 years ago and was immediately impressed. The non-profit organization that she has created has surpassed my wildest expectations. From providing aid to the poorest of the poor in Guatemala to funding schools in remote villages, Miracles in Action is doing just that... providing MIRACLES to those in need. I can't say enough good things about this organization. They are blessing those in need as well as those who get involved. Keep up the good work!

Penny R.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I think the best way to know this charity is to watch a video on how it came about. A mother and daughter who could not look away when they experienced Extreme Poverty (defined as when every day is a struggle just to be alive. No water, food or shelter.) This is a poverty that does not exist in the US or any developed country. We have safety nets to prevent this level of poverty - food stamps, soup kitchens, neighbors and churches that are able to help poor people in the US. In Guatemala there are no safety nets, and people die, or try to come to the US to get work, earn a living and send their money back home to help their family.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

As Founder and a dedicated volunteer Director, there are several achievements that I am proud to tell you. We are an all volunteer non-profit oganization, where 100% of the donations go directly to projects, none to salaries and overhead. I office at home and keep expenses low. Any operational expenses are covered by the income we make in selling handicrafts made in Guatemala in the Mayan women's cottage industry. Selling handicrafts is the #1 fun, easy, and profitable activity that our volunteers enjoy. Not only does it raise funds for "Miracles", but it provides an income to the women making these beautiful things. Additionally, we apply the extra money made in sales to stoves, school supplies and other projects to help the women artisans - going beyond fair trade. Another achievement that I am proud to share is that in 6 years we funded the construction of 29 rural primary schools in the mountains of Guatemala, the installation of over 1600 safe vented stoves, 20 water systems, and 100s of water purifiers - all projects meeting our mission of helping poor families to help themselves.

Kathy M. C.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Ive been supporting MIA since day one! Schools, nutrition, sustainable projects are some of the focus. Money well spent.
Keep up the good work!

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Donor

Rating: 5

What a beautiful organization that not only offers aid to the needs of the impoverished, but actually walks along side of them to enable and equip them which can transform their very lives. So proud to donate to their work and vision! Linda and Bill Merrick

Donor

Rating: 5

I traveled to Guatemala for the dedication of a special needs school sponsored by Miracles In Action in June 2019. Seeing the children and families who would benefit from the school and getting to talk with them was incredible and impactful. It was very rewarding and reaffirming to see the results of our donations!

1 Curt B.2

Client Served

Rating: 5

Miracles in Action started with a dream that all kids in Guatemala would have the basics--a school to learn from and the right food to eat. Miracles has built nearly 60 schools in Guatemala, distributed thousands of water filters, farm animals and packets of school supplies, and helped Mayan artisans create products that Miracles in Action buys at fair trade prices and sells in the US. But given Miracles in Action's dream, the work hasn't stopped there. They have also found some of the highest impact startup projects on nutrition in Guatemala and supported them. From healthy snacks being sold in stores, materials to support the use of native plants like Chaya, to supporting producing and selling more nutritious corn seeds (super corn), Miracles in Action has been at the forefront of making a major difference in Guatemala.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

This is a truly outstanding nonprofit that has funded the construction of 57 rural schools in Guatemala! They also support vocational schools leading to jobs, and preschool education, and buy handicrafts made in the local cottage industry so women can earn an income from home while taking care of their families. Miracles In Action is a nonprofit that is effective and creates a long-lasting impact in communities across Guatemala - keep up the good work!!!

Lilli E.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Miracles in Action does not only build schools, but they also take everything related to learning into consideration, for example, nutrition. The team always the extra mile so that students can prosper and build good lives for themselves and their families.
I love that Miracles in Action finances its adminstration cost by supporting local initiatives and selling Guatemalan handmade jewelry in the United States; that way, all the money donated goes to the schools and children directly!!

Joanne14

Donor

Rating: 5

Excellent charity that we have had the privilege of working and traveling to Guatemala with. Hard working, ethical members who truly want to help the Mayan people.

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Donor

Rating: 5

We have encouraged, donated to and volunteered with this charity over the years. They are doing great work in Guatemala and I can highly recommend supporting their cause.

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Barb M.2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

A most impressive nonprofit that embodies the spirit of teaching a person how to fish instead of giving them a fish. In addition, 100% of all donations go to the cause because all administrative costs are funded through the sale of products made by indigenous people.

1 mireio

Volunteer

Rating: 5

A small foundation having a high impact on education, health and the advacement of women in poor indigenous Guatemalan communities.

SallyGeorge

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My wife and I have known and supported Penny Rambacher and Miracles in Action (MIA) as volunteers and supporters since its inception. Penny is an exceptionally dedicated worker for and supporter of the indigenous people of Guatemala. MIA does an extraordinary job of providing a “hand up” as opposed to “hand outs.” The Guatemalans touched by MIA include the women who are provided with the materials and training to do beading which is marketed in the United States with all profits returned to the women, many of whom are supporting their families; the children in remote villages who have the opportunity for continuing education thanks to the over 50 schools funded and built by MIA; the reintroduction of native plants to local diets through planting and education; nutrition education; and on the ground work with other NGOs in support of Guatemalan indigenous needs.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Bought some beautiful crafts from the Marco Island Farmer's Market I was greeted by friendly, enthusiastic volunteers and was well informed about the organization. The merchandise was so well made and the details were incredible. I was more than happy to support such an amazing cause.

Amber J.1

Donor

Rating: 5

I love that Miracles in Action sees the value in and focuses on education! Such a wonderful organization.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

There couldn't be a better name for this organization. I had the opportunity to work with them as a volunteer. I was deeply inspired by the work they do for poverty stricken families in Guatemala. The founder, Penny Rambacher has a special gift. Her energy, knowledge and inspiration to help others less fortunate is overwhelming. The organization sells handicrafts made by the artisans in Guatemala and the profits fund many projects there. They have built more than 54 schools . They have programs to educate these people to help themselves have a better way of life. Solar lights, stoves and water filters are supplied to these families. Agriculture programs are put in place. They create classes for women to learn about birth control, and having respect for themselves. I had a wonderful opportunity to visit Guatemala and travel to a remote village for a school opening. It was truly an eye opening experience. Gracious people, beautiful children who are so thrilled to have visitors. We brought them each a book and a knapsack. They were so gracious with big smiles and pointed at my camera and said photo. It made me think of many children who have so much but want more. It touched my heart. What a wonderful experience I was able to have and will never forget. I still help Miracles when I am able to. Giving back is something everyone should experience. Thank you Penny you have truly been my inspiration. Marcia McCarthy

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Volunteer

Rating: 3

By chance I came across Miracles in Action at an event in Naples. They were selling beautiful crafts handmade by the Mayan women in Guatemala. I purchased some beautiful jewelry and was then introduced to the founder of miracles. She began to tell me the story behind her organization and how it started. It deeply touched me as my eyes filled with tears. A few weeks later I called her and became a volunteer. The difference Miracles in Action has made to the families in Guatemala is certainly a miracle but as you know people make miracles. I have been working with a wonderful group of people with big hearts whose mission is miracles and they have certainly made many happen Share their story at miraclesinaction.org. Any purchase will help a family and child in need. Marcia

Bri D.1

Donor

Rating: 5

I love that Miracles in Action allows it's donors to chose exactly where their money is going. I was able to give the gift of a women's hygiene kit which was filled with items that as a woman, I take for granted on a daily basis.

Donor

Rating: 5

I've had an amazing experience with Miracles In Action and have seen the real impact it has had in Guatemala helping communities in much need of education, nutrition, and other support. These families are soo grateful and I don't know what they would do without Miracles in Action!

Jennifer Nicole E.

Donor

Rating: 5

Watching this organization give to these women warms my heart! So proud to be a contributor and look forward to helping where I can!

Ariana D.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As a former Peace Corps Volunteer and a holder of an International Studies degree, I can attest the development work Miracles In Action does alongside various reputable partner charities both in-country and within the states is remarkable. Rather than focusing on handouts, Miracles In Action does an incredible job with sustainable development, giving those in need the opportunity to help themselves.

Donor

Rating: 5

Lucky me-- I had the opportunity to tour multiple MIA projects in Guatemala in spring of 2018, and to see first hand the positive impact that MIA has on improving the lives of people there. Most encouraging: MIA's work is allowing Guatemalans to be able to have dreams and aspirations that were not previously realistic or attainable. I witnessed people both dreaming and achieving their dreams. The need in Guatemala is high, and MIA's impact is dramatic.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I became aquainted with Miracles In Action through a mutual friend of the founder, Penny Rambacher. Having done service trips myself to Central America, I was really excited about the extensive work which she continues to do in Guatemala to improve lives. Again, seeing the founder speak at a gathering, I inquired and shortly thereafter began volunteering at local farmers markets in the Naples area and at events. I found a special ease among the founder and other volunteers at these gatherings in that we all had a common purpose, giving our efforts to allow others opportunities to escape extreme poverty.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This was one of the most inspiring experiences of my recent visit to SW Florida. Keri' s extensive knowledge of all things BIRD & her obvious understanding & empathy for the magnificent parrots that she has rescued and provides a home for moved me in so many ways.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Truly performs Miracles in the lives of Guatemalans living in extreme poverty. They teach people to help themselves through sustainable projects that center on education, nutrition, skills and creating jobs. This charity runs from the heart of everyday people that dedicate their time to make a difference.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I had the pleasure of meeting the founder and a board member of Miracles in Action on a trip to Guatemala last year. Both were so compassionate about their work. It was inspiring. I was extremely impressed with both of their knowledge about the areas of their work, along with the projects they are working on. I really enjoyed being a part of their conversations about the work they were doing with their artisans.

-Lisa Krigsman, Associate Director, Limitless Horizons Ixil

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Client Served

Rating: 5


For many years Penny, and Miracles in Action, have been wonderful supporters of Limitless Horizons Ixil. The support we have received for our Saber Sin Limites (Limitless Knowledge) Community Library has opened the door to 100’s of community members since 2010. MIA has done such great things supporting improvements in areas of health, education, and agriculture. We are honored to have them as partners.

-Katie Morrow, Executive Director, Limitless Horizons Ixil

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is an amazing charity. Where else can every cent you donate go to whatever project you pick? Where else can you go see the school you sponsored open? Where else can you see the homes you sponsored a stove or pure water? I love Miracles in Action.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Over a decade ago I attended a lecture at The Norris Center in Naples, Florida. Our speaker, Penny Rambacher, opened our heads and hearts to the dedicated work that she is doing in Guatemala.The stories of the women and children in need inspired me to immediately offer my help.
I work at the markets here in Naples where we sell our beautiful beaded jewelry and woven products.
Led by our talented founder, Penny, we are a team of passionate volunteers dedicated to Miracles In Action.
Our work continues to improve the lives of the people of Guatemala!
Sharen Thomas
Naples, FL

1 Cecilia20

Donor

Rating: 5

Penny has dedicated her life to provide supplies and education to poor remote starving villages. She's taught them skills to not only survive but to empower them to be self sufficient. Penny is our contemporary Mother Teresa, she is the Saint of Guatemala.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have witnessed first hand since 2005 and repetivly up to last month the hard and diligent work that Miracles in Action continues. Miracles in Action is smoothly and passionately managed by founder Penny Rambacher. She shares her joy generously and inspires many many others.

2 Amarierussell

Board Member

Rating: 5

I live in Guatemala year round and see many non-profits. Miracles n Action caught my heart and respect as it does work in the truly remote areas with some of the neediest people. I've been with Miracles to the mountains of Chiantla where the terrain is barren, the wind brutally cold and the people are wrapped in towels for shawls. They wanted a teacher for Pre School children. A community nearby built their own school...and desks! They wanted a new building. These are people willing to make their lives better and want a hand up, not a handout. Miracles looks for and supports projects that work!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've had the priveledge of accompanying several groups from Miracles in Action on trips to remote areas. One such visit was to give Mayan women beaders water filters and clean them how to clean them. On another occasion, again Mayan women learned how to use Chaya to make healthier tortillas and the rainbow of vegetables to add to their family's diet. But one if the most moving was the 10th Anniversary of Miracles in Action when we visited the first school financed by Penny's mom. Now on their 50th school, this is one amazing organization!

1 Marlys H.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have worked with Penny and MIA for about 10 years and marvel everyday about this charity. It is run by a terrific founder and dedicated volunteers . This charity is blessed with putting the welfare of the Guatemalan people first. I have worked mainly with selling jewelry and have also traveled to Guatemala to see and experience the benefits of MIA . Marlys

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering for MIA for many years and can honestly say it's one of the best nonprofits around. It continues to grow its Ideas for the Guatemalan people by implementing new and diverse projects every year. Schools are continuing to be built with an agricultural training center/school to be completed soon. The Founder, Penny is a devoted, skilled , faithful committed leader who works tirelessly and has a contagious personality.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I've had the pleasure of working with this excellent organization since it's inception. Often donors wonder about the true impact of their contribution. Not so with Miracles in Action where 100 percent of your donation goes directly to the cause. Overhead expenses are covered through special donations and handicraft sales. This is a rare, but highly effective business model. This charity creates substantive change in the communities it serves and I've been fortunate to see that firsthand. In an area faced with crushing poverty and limited opportunities, Miracles in Action is truly a blessing.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

As professor, dean, and president of various colleges, I have worked with a huge number of foundations over the last fifty years. Miracles in Action is as impressive as any foundation with which I have ever worked. The founder and director, Penny Rambacher, is not only deeply committed to the highest ideals that define Miracles in Action; she is also an inspired and prodigiously accomplished leader and administrator.

I learned about the foundation when a young Guatemalan immigrant whom I was tutoring in English shared with me his dream of returning to his small Mayan village in order to significantly improve the life of the people in his very impoverished village. He wanted to start an educational community center that would, among other things, provide classroom space for his village's pre-school program, which currently must meet outdoors because there is no available classroom space, and he also wanted to upgrade the basic facilities at his village's tiny and poorly equipped schoolhouse. Since I now live in southwest Florida I did some research and discovered that in nearby Naples there is a foundation called Miracles in Action, whose mission is to help the impoverished people of Guatemala, especially with educational projects. Immediately after I contacted the foundation, the director Penny responded enthusiastically and agreed to meet with me and this young Guatemalan man I have been tutoring. Penny has handled every aspect of our cooperative work with professionalism, intelligence, promptness, and the kind of humane personal concern that marks only the very best directors of foundations. Our work together is progressing and there is now a real possibility that Miracles in Action can make this young man's dream a reality by building an addition onto the school in his village.

The first thing Penny did was to dispatch an expert in Guatemala to visit this young man's village and meet with the community and educational leaders to do a site assessment. At every step along the way I have been impressed by the thoroughness and promptness of the way MIA does business and especially by the rare and invaluable caring touch that they bring to their work. This is a first rate foundation in every way, and the work they have already done has had a huge positive impact on the daily lives of thousands of needy Guatemalans.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Miracles in Action is the "perfect non-profit" from a donor perspective. Further proof -- donors become volunteers because of the power of the story. Year after year Miracles in Action grows and expands to better define and create workable solutions for the endemic educational and health challenges poverty brings to the people of Guatemala. Founder Penny Rambacher has dedicated her life - drawing on extensive business and personal expertise - combining heart and strategic skills. The people of Guatemala are getting a hands up, not a hand-out thru the Miracles in Action programs to build schools, support nutrition and farming training, and give women the chance to earn money to support their families thru fair trade handicrafts. The later provides the resources for Miracles in Action administrative costs, allowing all donations to go to another school or training program.

4 E'lise G.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I became acquainted with Penny Rambacher and Miracles in Action through Bosom Buddies in Naples FL. To help myself through breast cancer and help others, I knit dozens of warm hats for the children. It was a very rewarding experience to receive photos of them wearing my hats. Unfortunately my hands have given up on me. Nevertheless I follow them and revel in the outstanding success of this organization. What is so notable is that when you give, you see the fruits of your effort immediately in the lives of these wonderful people who are so appreciative. I cannot say enough about the organization and the people behind it for the Miracles they perform. This little girl is wearing one of my hats. What a darling.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Penny's work has brought hope to so many families in Guatemala. From providing schools to clean water, from cottage industries of sewing and beadwork -- the impact will be a positive unstoppable force!

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Donor

Rating: 5

Our family contributed funds to build a school for a community and we could not be happier with Penny and Miracles in Action. A grass roots charity that performs miracles, truly outstanding!

2 loribm

Board Member

Rating: 5

Miracles in Action and its founder Penny Rambacher are helping those living in extreme poverty to help themselves through a hand up not a hand out. When we help those help themselves solve for very basic needs like safe water, education, and nutrition, we all can thrive. Families will then stay together, they will uplift their neighbors, their village, and their country.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

With thousands of Guatemalan immigrants coming to the US to escape extreme poverty, Miracles is giving a hand up versus a hand out. I have been volunteering for Miracles in Action for 10 years watching the founder, Penny Rambacher, fund and build 50+ schools, water filtration systems, safe stoves,implement nutrition programs, and provide the extreme poor an opportunity to receive fair wages for their handicrafts. Teaching the people of Guatemala to help themselves is the ultimate gift.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Miracles in action is an amazing organization that really focuses on empowering people to change their lives! Super dedicated organization that is making a huge difference in the lives of indigenous Guatemalans. I'm impressed by their hard work and the transparency of the organizations that they partner with. Every dollar is stretched as far as it can go!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Penny made a presentation at my church and I was impressed by her story and the work she's accomplished in Guatemala. Miracles in Action has greatly improved the lives of the many people it has touched.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Miracles in Action does a tremendous job not only supporting the Mayan people and culture of Guatemala, but also educating other people around the globe on the needs of these beautiful and friendly people. My life has developed greater fulfillment thanks to Penny Rambacker and Miracles in Action.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

For many years, first as a volunteer and now as a Board member, I have experienced Miracles in Action doing just that...making miracles of change in some of the most impoverished areas of Guatemala. Working closely with quality grassroots organizations, MIA is committed to creating self sustaining projects that educate and empower the local population. Whether helping to build schools, provide job training , promote fair trade ,clean water and healthy nutrition , MIA is having a significant and lasting impact on alleviating poverty and improving the lives of the indigenous of Guatemala.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My charity organization has partnered with Miracles in Action numerous times over 5 years. They have been integral in helping our chosen indigenous village in a remote mountainous area of Guatemala. They have stepped up quickly, generously and with great passion and critical follow up. They have made it possible to provide a school, a retaining wall to protect the school, vented stoves, clean filtered water buckets, scholarships and much more.
I volunteer now for this organization in order to raise funds for their incredible projects. I admire their philosophy to provide a hand up, not a hand out.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Have volunteered for years. The work they do is more amazing each year!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love that this charity helps women to earn income from their homes by buying their beaded jewelry at fair prices, and then sells it online, at gift shops (like the Naples Botanical Garden, Naples Zoo, Island Vision, Dallas Aquarium...) and at farmers markets. Women love to help other women by buying their handiwork. The things are so beautiful they are easy to sell, and volunteers are the sales reps. Then, they go beyond this and give the artisans water filters, school supplies for their kids, and assistance to improve their lives.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Wonderful mission! awesome people! Beautiful kids!!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Amazing work! love the Guatemala! Leaving a legacy!

1 Morales

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Our family has worked with Miracles In Action for several years. This organization has welcomed OUR family into THEIR family. It has allowed us to focus our desire to give and has shown us what giving can achieve. Our youngest child was adopted from Guatemala nine years ago, and we have always felt a connection with the country of our daughter’s birth. This organization has impressed us by the scope of their programs in Guatemala and the relationships with people and organizations “in country” that they have established. Its most impressive achievements have been how they have been able to create large projects, like building schools and partnering to create vocational institutions, while also providing assistance to individual families by way of teaching skills that will help each unique village. An example of these acts may include giving water purifiers to the villagers, along with lessons on the importance of proper hygiene. There is also constant dialogue with the villagers about proper nutrition, coupled with lessons on which native foods can provide superior nutrients when blended into the food already found in their culture.
We have found that MIA has successfully created a bridge for those here in the States, that have the desire and resources to help, to participate in the process of assistance. MIA is always cognizant that the donor wishes to be informed how their gifts are being used, but always stays true to their mission to not impose changes within the culture of the recipients, but rather work with them to discuss the most effective and respectful way to reach their common goals.
Perhaps one of the aspects of MIA that we find most attractive is that the organization offers "a hand up", not "a hand out". This important facet of their mission allows the beautiful people of Guatemala to maintain their dignity, while teaching them valuable skills that will eventually cause them to be, not only self-sufficient, but successful.
Miracles In Action has been a blessing for our family. We could not be happier to be involved with an organization that welcomes all those who want to help and inspires all those that have the pleasure of working with them. We consider ourselves fortunate to have met Penny Rambacher and Miracles In Action

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have known Miracles founder Penny since she began working in Guatemala with Airline Ambassadors and before she founded Miracles. I know of no other charity where you can make a donation and then get to see where it goes. Build a school and you are there for the opening. Donate a stove and you can see the home it is installed in. Miracles makes sustainable aid in Guatemala that makes a difference in every life it touches.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

From the early days of taking shoes, toys and blankets, this charity has progressed to building schools, vocational training, libraries, clean water and wells for villages, vented cooking stoves, family planning and so much more. I know of no other charity where 100% of your donation goes to the project you support and if you contribute to build a school, you as the donor get to go and see what you have built and see the gratitude of every child and adult in the village you have helped. Penny, the founder and CEO of Miracles is an amazing lady with so much vision for a brighter tomorrow for Guatemala with the sustainable aid she provides.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

It is awesome to see how this organization is impacting Guatemala. You can actually see the difference they are making and how they leaving a legacy for children

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This organization is truly amazing! It is making a difference impacting many lives in Guatemala! Very unique and heart warming. I am glad to be a part of Miracles in Action and be making a difference in my local community as well as empowering mayan women!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have been closely involved with Miracles in Action from its very inception, and have observed them become more and more focused and professional. Their personal commitment, however, has never flagged for one instant, and all of their staff and many volunteers do everything they can to reduce costs, raise money, and pass the maximum on to the deserving beneficiaries, who in turn have put their own "sweat equity" and skin in the game. Having lived in Guatemala for over 20 years, and been involved in similar work to that of Miracles in Action, I can say I am a supporter and a financial donor as well.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Miracles in Action provides a wonderful opportunity to give help to the people of Guatemala.
Under the direction of Penny Rambacher, forty seven schools have been built in less than ten years!
Backpacks and school supplies are often provided. I was thrilled to see what a difference this makes
in the lives of the families of San Jose Xepatan.

While I visited the area many other needs developed. Penny's knowledge helped improve these conditions. We installed water purification systems, promoted nutrition education, delivered
a wheelchair and an operation to improve a child's mobility was planned. We made a visit to purchase products to sell from the women beaders as this elevates their status. Lunch was at a vocational school which Miracles in Action supports. I just wish I could be there when the many toys and clothing items are delivered at Christmas. All of the money we contribute goes directly to the people of Guatemala.

Ann F.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am impressed with Miracles In Action. They put every penny of your donation to work helping the poor in rural Guatemala. Over the years I have seen the schools, the libraries, the water projects, the wood burning stoves, the nutritional education, the teacher education, and the warm clothing that they have given to the people of Guatemala. I am impressed with the dedication and the hard work of everyone associated with this charity and with the amazing results of their hard work in rural Guatemala.

Volunteer

Rating: 4

Recently I had the opportunity to visit some of the communities where Miracles in Action works. I was struck by what a difference they've made in thousands of people's lives. They choose their partners and communities very thoughtfully, to have the biggest impact. They also listen closely to community leaders to find their greatest needs -- it's not a one-size-fits-all approach. What an effective way to change the world.

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Advisor

Rating: 5

What's impressed me most is about Miracles in Action is the breadth of services they're involved in--from building schools to providing clean water systems, safe stoves and nutrition education. I love that they work with local NGOs and seek sustainable, long-lasting solutions to the problems of rural poverty. And it's all done in the most frugal ways possible, stretching every dollar to provide the greatest impact.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I remember meeting the founder of this organization 2 years ago at a Nutrition Expo and getting intrigued by the information shown in their brochure. Everything happens for a reason; I got to know them better in the field and I just love how the website shows what they truly profess. I have seen it and experienced because I am now involved in this NGO, and it is a wonderful one.

Mari H.

Donor

Rating: 5

I love the concept of "teaching how to fish" instead of handing out a fish...Building schools, libraries, installing wood stoves, providing clean water, helping future generations to have an opportunity to have a better life. These are some of the reasons for which I strongly support Mira les in Action. Needless to say, the fact that one hundred percent of the donation goes to the project, makes it a no brainier to choose this charity over any other in Guatemala or elsewhere. I've had the opportunity to meet board members, partners and donors and they are all people with a desire to work for others enthusiastically and with a lot of love. I wish there were more stars to give this great charity.

Donor

Rating: 5

I really like that 100% of the donations go directly to the projects. I'm involved in this organization in many capacities, but writing as a donor, I feel that my donation makes a true impact! I like to see how lives are changed and improved with our donor dollars. A little bit goes a long way, as funds are directed to on-the-ground projects without bureaucracy and red tape bogging down progress.

birenegn

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This organization just keeps getting better and better. First by providing basic needs, then building schools, installing safe stoves, water systems and the big one, teaching people about nutrition. This enables the people to plant foods that give them a much more stable and nutrious diet. Much Better for children especially in their formitive years.

The list of accomplishments goes on and on. They also partner with other groups which enable them all to do more fr the people of Guatemala.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My volunteer work with Penny has been very rewarding Just to see the pictures of the smiling childrfen's faces when they get a new school or a backpack; the mothers who get a new stove in their home; the women with sewing machines -- and the men working hard on building their new schools! We give so little and they get so much. I have not been to Guatemala but hope to visit soon. This is an example of one determined woman can do!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Having partnered with Miracles in Action for the last two years in Guatemala, I can say with confidence that Miracles in Action is doing some of the most groundbreaking work in nutrition in the country. Specifically, their work with the native superfood Chaya is changing thousands of lives across the coutnry, and specifically in the Coast where my nonprofit works I am seeing the direct benefits - families gaining empowerment and food security, while seeing with their own eyes children growing stronger and better thanks to increased nutrient intake. One of the best things Miracles in Action has going for it is their dedication to partnerships and sharing best practices. Penny and Christie are excellent at conencting you to the right person, institution, univeristy or otherwise that has adequate technical knowledge and research for various interventions. They find whats working, and then they take to as many organizations as they can, to reach as many people as they can. I'm proud to partner with Miracles in Action, a truly Great Nonprofit!